Microsoft began integrating their Yammer and Office products in late 2014 when they added the ability for users to sign into Yammer with their Office 365 credentials. The two began to merge even more in April this year with Yammer’s inclusion in Office 365 Groups and added compatibility with Skype for Business, Outlook and OneDrive.
Today, Microsoft has taken things even further by fully integrating Yammer into Office Online. As a result, the Yammer interface is now much more similar to that used in Office Online and several commonly used features have been enhanced.
The Yammer document preview and edit experience is now completely powered by Office Online and allows for more convenient editing and viewing of files. Editing documents has now been opened up to external participants which allows files to be viewed and changed by clients’ customers, partners and vendors with full PDF format support.
There are plans to enable live co-authoring of documents in real-time and Bing Translator integration but those two additions are promised in a future update.
All of these new features are being rolled out to new and existing, free and paid Yammer users, providing everyone with the power to preview and edit Word, PowerPoint, and Excel directly from a Yammer conversation or group. The Office Online file preview feature is available right now and the Office Online File Edit tools are coming later this month.
A planned Yammer service outage is planned on Friday, July 24, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. PDT to Sunday, July 26, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. PDT to move files from Yammer to the Azure Storage Service. Yammer file editing will be down during this time though file preview, upload and other Yammer features will still be functional.
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